Uganda and most of the fast growing economies in the world have one of the biggest rates of people failing to master swimming in water bodies thus drowning at a high rate, but Swim Safe Uganda an community based program is organising it’s third Water Safety and Lifeguard Training Workshop from 17-19th November at Ache Havana at Centenary Park.

“Swim Safe is run by a group of swimming lifesavers in Uganda. It comes as a remedy to the drowning problem that is wide spread in the great lakes region of Africa,” Moses Kalanzi, the program director of Swim Safe said at the press conference this morning at Centenary park to announce the workshop. “It is hoped that this project in partnership with key stakeholders in Uganda would make drowning minimized. This would be through the development of a drowning baseline study,policy recommendation and practice through associated capacity building and survival swimming in Uganda and the wider Great lakes region.”

The three day workshop will be conducted by American William Koon, the International Projects and Relations Manager of the International Surf Lifesaving Association and Fred Sserwanga (AIP) Director of Fire Prevention and Rescue Services and trainer water life guard at the Uganda Police.

Some of the topics that will be handled at the workshop include Swimsafe Projects, Swimsafe Activities and Target audience they will be  a stake holders workshop that will be attended by KCCA, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Gender and Labour, Ministry of Water Land and Enviroment, Uganda Defense Forces, Royal Life Saving Society Uganda, Uganda Swimming Federation and Uganda Life Saving Federation.

The three day workshop sponsored by Henkel Polymer Group and supported by Uganda Police, Lifeguards Without Boarders. “Africa has the highest drowning rate estimated of 13.1 per 100,000 populations in the world,” Shai Henkel, Director Henkel Polymer Group said. “Uganda is no exception to this statistic particularly with the abundance of water bodies across the country.”

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